ECBA Live Seminar: Making Sense of Medicare

ECBA Seminars
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Registration: 10:15 a.m.
Seminar: 10:30 a.m. - Noon

$70.00 (ECBA Members and their Non-attorney Staff)
$90.00 (Non-members)

This course has been approved for 1.5 hours Substantive CLE credit

This presentation is an overview of the Medicare system. The goal is to provide a basic understanding of how Medicare functions and how it can be effectively used to obtain affordable quality health services. We will examine the purpose and design of Medicare; Medicare’s eligibility and enrollment criteria; and the various components that comprise the Medicare system — how they function and interact with each other and coordinate with non-Medicare health care coverage.


  1. Recognize the basic function and utilization of the Medicare System.
  2. Identify the multiple components of the Medicare System and their specific characteristics.
  3. Recognize the decisions that individuals eligible for Medicare need to make, and be able to evaluate which options are most effective for an individual’s specific needs.
  4. Identify other programs that provide assistance for health care costs and recognize how Medicare coordinates and integrates with these other health care benefit programs.

William McKendree, JD, MPA, is Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Healthcare Benefit Support Program, a non-profit agency helping people access affordable healthcare services through counseling, education and advocacy. In addition to his work at PHBSP, Mr. McKendree teaches at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Law and School of Pharmacy, and is Preceptor for the School of Pharmacy’s Experiential Learning Program at the Birmingham Free Health Clinic (on Pittsburgh’s South Side).

Due to Gov. Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 facility restrictions, the ECBA will hold programs live when possible, via Zoom or a combination of both. The Will J. Schaaf & Mary B. Schaaf Education Center can ONLY seat 16 people. Once that limit has been reached, the remaining registrants can participate in the CLE via Zoom.

Reservations due to the ECBA office by Wednesday, February 17, 2021.

Registration Cost: See registration form for details